A bird game with break-dancing sparrows, winged mad scientists, crime-fighting grackles, and lots of heart!
NOTE: We are now delivering Birdopolis Unlimited to backers at $15 or higher! Birdopolis Unlimited is the closest thing to a PC game that we can achieve and still make use of the huge reach of Facebook! No friend nagging, no premium currency needed, just pure gaming action! #BirdopolisUnlimited
"Birdopolis is a fresh take on a story about birds. 8.5/10 Stars" – Dotmmo.com
"Birdopolis is a well-presented game. Its graphics have an attractive hand-drawn storybook look about them and the sounds incorporate authentic, realistic birdsong sounds and unobtrusive music." – Inside Social Games
"I like birds." – David Engel
NOTE: If you don't like good games, you won't like Birdopolis. If you want to help topple the clone-infested powers that be, you should definitely support Birdopolis. And now...
What is Birdopolis?
Birdopolis came about when a group of passionate game developers decided they were tired of the kind of games they found on Facebook. Why should social games all look the same, and make you do the same boring things? Birdopolis is on Facebook, but it's a far cry from anything you'd call a typical Facebook game. It’s a city-building game with a twist – your residents don't need roads or power grids. They need trees, gazebos, bird-sized castles and sunflower-powered teleporters. Birdopolis has mystery. It's got romance, suspense… and birds who dance to techno.
It's a game with attitude and lots of heart. In the great wide sea of big-name titles, we're a tiny indie studio with hopes of bringing honest-to-goodness fun into the social gaming sphere.
"In a small way this game has made me, a city dweller, realize that even in the busy streets there are dozens and dozens of beautiful birds I had failed to notice my entire life. It’s a small thing, and slightly ironic that a video game would make me more aware of my natural surroundings." – Digital Noob
Birdopolis game play goes like this: You build the environment of every bird's dreams, complete with lush trees, bird baths, art studios, detective agencies, and more. As the birds in the area catch wind of your new place, they start flying in to check things out, but you'll have to win over their feathery little hearts before they'll call your yard home. And I'd keep an eye on that mad scientist bird next door...
We're really proud of Birdopolis. You can join the 100,000+ people who have played the current beta test version on Facebook right now. But it's far from done. We need funds to take Birdopolis to its full, awesomely fun potential.
Birdopolis is an ambitious free-to-play game. Our talented team is building an immersive, one-of-a-kind world for our birds, and we can’t do it without your help! We need funding to:
- Finish building the game. Right now, you can build your yard, spot the birds up close, watch them dance, and take their picture, but there's tons more to be done. We want our birds to raise families, build time machines, travel the world, and much more. We want Birdopolis to be truly unique, and truly fun.
- Create more bird characters. Our super-talented artists transform real birds into characters who wear everything from fedoras to bunny slippers - all while keeping their scientifically accurate characteristics. It's an amazing process.
- Allow travel to exotic destinations. You’ll be able to hop on a plane to see spectacular birds in the Everglades, Australia - you name it!
- Give the birds more killer dance moves. Each bird has a characteristic dance and perfectly paired dance music (and, occasionally, atmospheric reentry). It's a part of what sets Birdopolis apart from other social games.
- Love triangles. Yeah, our birds fall in love. And go missing. And play practical jokes on one another. Our storyline gives our game depth, and we want to keep it going
- Destructive harmonic resonance. Really. These birds are... fairly advanced.
"Birdopolis is a simple and tremendously charming Facebook game with an avian theme." – Digital Noob
Meet the Birdopolis Team
Nuukster, the indie studio behind Birdopolis, is located in Cambridge, MA. We're a seven-person company taking on the heavyweights of the social gaming world with deeper content, hand-drawn art, and a passion for our craft. We are proud to have internationally renowned artist Gabor Szikszai (World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering) and acclaimed game designer John M. Astell as the backbone of the Birdopols team.
The team at a glance:
John Astell: Lead Game Designer
Gabor Szikszai: Lead Artist
David Engel: Chief Bird Officer
Chad Maue: Lead Server Engineer
Tristan Cobb: Animator (and Chief Bird Vocalizer)
Amy Kaufman: Character and Game Artist
Cynthia Barrios: Creative Content
Here's an average day at Nuukster...
Birdopolis is groundbreaking. We're transforming creatures most of us take for granted and turning them into an unforgettable gaming experience. Help us take Birdopolis to the next level. For the birds. For the whole indie game community!
In exchange for your generous support, the birds have put together a series of rewards to make you as happy as a Titmouse on a trampoline. (That's really happy.)
Birdopolis Unlimited: Our answer to the critics who say Facebook games are spammy! With Birdopolis Unlimited, you won't need neighbors (although they might still be useful) and you won't need to purchase premium currency (hey, you already paid, right?!). Three versions: Birdopolis Unlimited, Birdopolis Unlimited Plus and Birdopolis Unlimited Ultra.
AND YOU WON'T NEED BIRD BUCKS WITH BIRDOPOLIS UNLIMITED!
Here are a few of the cool premium items you can buy for regular currency when you purchase Birdopolis Unlimited!
Upper-level funders will get posters autographed by our famous artist, Gabor Szikszai!
Upper-level funders will also get to design items in the game, choose birds to be included, and help design a new Star Bird!
The team will give you updates as we work toward our goal. If you guys are super awesome and we exceed our goal of $50,000, we will introduce our stretch goals!
The latest Tristan Presents video (episode 4):
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 30, 2012.
Sep 5, 2012 - Sep 30, 2012 (25 days)
Pledge $1 or more
10 Bird Bucks (used to get virtual items in the game) ● A hearty "Thank you!" from the Birdopolis teamEstimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $5 or more
55 Bird Bucks ● Bigger "Thank you!" than at $1 level (imagine us giving you an air hug)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] Our limited-edition "Birdopolis" pin ● Exclusive in-game decorative item - Fresh Daffodils! ● 125 Bird Bucks ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $15 or more
You have officially unlocked the power of BIRDOPOLIS UNLIMITED!! It's Birdopolis, experienced as a PC game. This version has no premium currency, and having friends in the game is just a fun option.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $20 or more
You've upgraded to BIRDOPOLIS UNLIMITED PLUS!! You'll have all the power of BIRDOPOLIS UNLIMITED, PLUS all the energy you'll ever need!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $25 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] 2 of our limited-edition pins ("Birdopolis" + "MY TITMOUSE IS TUFTED") ● Exclusive Birdopolis desktop wallpaper KUNG FU WARBLER ● Your name at the "Feathered Friend" level of the Hall of Fame ● 450 Bird Bucks ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards) ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $30 or more
Holy smokes, you've reached BIRDOPOLIS UNLIMITED ULTRA!! Packed with special features, bonus content, surprises, triple rewards, and the unique gaming experience of Birdopolis Premium Plus.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $50 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] All 3 of our limited-edition pins (2 Previous + "ROCK OUT WITH YOUR HAWK OUT") ● In-game Magic Hat Gnome ● 1000 Bird Bucks ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards) ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $80 or more
8 backers Limited (12 of 20 left)
EARLY BIRD REWARD: Everything from the $100 tier for only $80! This is only available to the first 20 backers that pledge this amount.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $100 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] "Dance Like a Woodcock" OR "Grackle Spackle" T-shirt ● 2,000 Bird Bucks ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards) ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $250 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] Premium quality Birdopolis poster ● Your name in our Hall of Fame at the "Partner in Flight" Level ● Birdopolis Unlimited Ultra ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards) ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $350 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] Snazzy Birdopolis Hoodie ● Birdopolis Unlimited Ultra ● All previous physical items! ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You are the wind beneath our wings! ● Name/design a Luxury Bird House (Want a pyramid? Circus tent? Small opera house?) ● Your name in the Hall of Fame at the "Wind Beneath Our Wings" level ● 10,000 Bird Bucks ● All previous rewards INCLUDING prior physical items (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards)Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $600 or more
[PHYSICAL ITEM] Exclusive SIGNED art book of Gabor Szikszai's Birdopolis art ● SIGNED premium quality Birdopolis poster ● Everything from the $500 tier, INCLUDING prior physical items! ● (Please add $15 for international shipping if not in the US)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
Crowned Eagle Level! ● Name/design a major civic building (Your own football stadium? Flight School? Observatory?) ● Your name and picture in the Hall of Fame at the "Crowned Eagle" level ● 20,000 Bird Bucks ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks and limited rewards)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
Wow! Emperor Penguin Level! ● A North American bird character of your choice added to the game ● Name and picture in our Hall of Fame at the "Emperor Penguin" level ● Birdopolis Unlimited Ultra ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks) INCLUDING prior physical items!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
You, my friend, are a Grand Master Bird Ninja ● Everything from prior tiers ● Design a Star Bird alongside artist Gabor Szikszai to be prominently featured in the game ● Join the crazy and ever-entertaining Birdopolis team for a pizza lunch! (transportation not provided) ● Name and picture in our Hall of Fame at the "Grand Master Bird Ninja" level ● Birdopolis Unlimited Ultra ● All previous rewards (except Bird Bucks) INCLUDING prior physical items!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012